Wednesday, January 14, 2015

A More Useful Key

"Personal suffering is a more useful key, and more fruitful principle for opening up the world in action and personal happiness.”
     –Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Reading these words of Bonhoeffer, who spoke on the value of personal suffering from intense first-hand experience, I think about Hua.  Hua is a member of a small minority UPG in Southeast Asia. He is also a believer, a pastor and a church planter. Like Bonhoeffer before him, he suffers under an oppressive government because of his beliefs and his passion to share the love of Christ with those around him. He hesitantly told us about losing his job and being denied income opportunities because he is a Christian, of the numerous times police raided his home confiscating his Bibles and discipleship literature.

Like Bonhoeffer, Hua is neither bitter about his treatment nor intimidated. Rather he has found that personal happiness of which Bonhoeffer spoke. This personal happiness was evident in his voice and on his face. Hua has found the peace that passes all understanding, the abundant life that Jesus promised and he cannot keep it to himself.  He is using his personal suffering and his personal happiness as keys to open up the hearts of those around him to Christ's love for them.

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